LONG ISLAND CITY — Something to read with your rib-eye?
The owners of the popular M. Wells Steakhouse in Court Square are launching a mobile book cart in the vacant lot next door to the eatery, where locals will be able to hang out and read or borrow a book to take home, according to the restaurant.
The Book Cart on Crescent is expected to roll out sometime this month at the lot on Crescent Street and 44th Road, and "is meant to attract neighbors and friends with a fresh and exciting library of free books for readers of all ages," according to an email update from M. Wells' owners.
The mobile library will be made up of donated books collected at the restaurant, and will span a number of genres including children's literature, fiction, graphic novels and non-English books, according to the announcement.
"With the help of M. Wells staff, community members and a group of guest librarians, an awesome collection will blossom at the Book Cart on Crescent," the announcement says.
The eatery will be accepting book donations on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 2 to 11 p.m. Books can be dropped off at the Steakhouse at 43-15 Crescent St.
The empty lot next door to the eatery — owned by Rockrose Development Corp., which also owns the Steakhouse building — has hosted a number of community uses in the past.
It was once home to a number of food trucks, as well as a film and music festival and the Smorgasburg food market. M. Wells Steakhouse has most recently been using the space to host weekend pétanque tournaments.
The restaurant's owners did not immediately respond to questions about the Book Cart's launch date or exact hours. An email about the plans said to watch the eatery's website for updates.